California BOE Member Defends Common Core Testing Switch

In an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle (11/15, Cohn), California Board of Education member Carl A. Cohn writes about the law recently passed in California to provide “a one-year respite from the state’s 15-year-old standardized testing program” as the state transitions to Common Core-aligned tests, and he laments that Education Secretary Arne Duncan is “threatening to withhold at least $15 million – and potentially billions a punishment.” Cohn criticizes ED officials for issuing a “high-handed threat,” and calls on ED to reverse its position on the issue.